About Javier Almendárez-Bautista

Sabbath

This week in the Hope for the Journey series, Fr. Javier reflects on the purpose of sabbath rest: “Sabbath is a gift, something that is for us: neither a requirement to be fulfilled simply because we must, nor an instrument to make us more productive the rest of the week.”

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Vulnerability and Belonging

This week in the Hope for the Journey series, Fr. Javier reflects on the myth of self-sufficiency: “Our modern way of life has trained us to believe that we can be an island unto ourselves, but Christian discipleship involves a radical repudiation of anything of the sort—we are limited, finite creatures, dependent on the God in whom we live and breathe, and members of a Body much larger than we can imagine.”

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Exile’s Path

This week in the Hope for the Journey series, Fr. Javier reflects on the experience of home and exile: “Our true home is still beyond our reach, but the journey is well-worth the effort. And we can’t get there without you—or whoever else decides to walk through the doors.”

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On Telling the Truth about Ourselves

New post by Fr. Javier in the Hope for the Journey series: “Don’t wait to be a finished project. Take the not-great news in stride—and pursue the way of love that takes risks, the way of justice that takes bold action, the way of hope that imagines life abundant on the other side.”

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Finding Our Way Forward

This week in the Hope for the Journey series, Fr. Javier reflects on Saturday’s Prayer Walk and the nature of social change: “If we are to do the work of love, we cannot settle for individual conversion. We must make sure that public institutions address the needs and concerns of the most vulnerable. That, after all, was the beginning of the thing we call Church.”

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